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When I am fishing in February and March, I like water just a little bit above normal, with not so much mud in it, or floating debris.  I like it green colored and gently flowing, enough so that … more
While doing research for last week’s column on Frederick Douglass, I stumbled on this quote by him: “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has … more
Last Tuesday, for the very first time, I missed the House of Representatives morning prayer and pledge of allegiance.  I always make a point of attending the opening pledge and prayer, but I … more
To the Editor: The recent spat between Mitch McConnell and the Republican National Committee over the nature of events on Jan. 6, has parted the curtain on the normally seamless production of the … more
The extended Missouri Senate filibusters about congressional redistricting is a reminder about how bitter and divisive this issue can be. This year it has involved an historically long Senate … more
Academy Award-winning actor, director and narrator Morgan Freeman in 2005 explained on 60 Minutes why he thinks Black History Month is —in his words — “ridiculous.” In an … more
A few weeks ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman made a startling suggestion. He proposed a cross-party 2024 presidential ticket: Joe Biden and Liz Cheney, perhaps, or Kamala Harris and … more
The decision of Missouri’s legislative leaders to send members home because of the impending snow storm reminded me the last time a winter storm of such magnitude disrupted the … more
I never caught a walleye when I was young because the Big Piney, where I grew up, didn’t have any. That seems strange to me now because so many Ozark streams have plenty of those glass-eyed … more
Last week I wrote about my dream to create a museum along Highway 63 between Houston and Licking, dedicated to the early history of the old-time Ozarks and the Big Piney River where I grew up. I was … more
Two weeks ago, musician Neil Young asked Spotify to remove his music off their platform over what he called the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation by Joe Rogan on Spotify. I’m not … more
I wish I could brag about all we accomplished this week. Unfortunately, the legislature adjourned early, on Tuesday afternoon, due to the incoming snow and ice. Monday begins with a Republican … more
It is no secret that China has been successfully competing with the United States for years now, trying everything possible to become the world’s greatest superpower. They have a stated goal … more
The decision of Missouri’s legislative leaders to send members home because of the impending snow storm reminded me the last time a winter storm of such magnitude disrupted the … more
I  recently found a column that my uncle, and former publisher, Tom Warden, wrote in 1982 lamenting the number of new laws passed each year by our representatives in Jefferson City and … more
We’ve come to the end of the first month of the 2022 legislative session, and a number of priorities are moving through the legislative process. For instance, the Missouri House of … more
As we finish the last full week of January, House committees are busy with hearings and executive sessions, preparing bills for debate on the floor.   As of Jan. 24, legislators have drafted … more
It’s been about a year since Joe Biden took office as President, and though it’s still too early to draw firm conclusions about his performance, it’s not too early to discern some … more
It is a sad time for us hunters. The last of the duck season ended Monday. But there is still some of the Canada goose hunting season remaining as you can still hunt them until Feb. 6 in Missouri, … more
What I would like to leave behind me when I am gone and forgotten, originated in a dream from 30 years ago.  That is when I began to think about a special museum somewhere between Cabool, … more
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